Iowa man convicted of growing pot heads to Oregon

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who was convicted of growing marijuana is heading to Oregon to purchase the drug legally.

Benton Mackenzie is a 48-year-old terminal cancer patient who was convicted earlier this month of growing 71 marijuana plants in his rural Scott County home. His wife Loretta was also convicted.

The Quad-City Times reports (http://bit.ly/1k9ZPzv ) the pair is traveling to Oregon with cash that was donated by family and friends.

He previously met with an Oregon doctor to apply for and receive a medical cannabis card. Mackenzie will be able to purchase and consume marijuana while in Oregon, but he cannot bring the drug back to Iowa with him.

Oregon passed a medical marijuana law in 1998.

The Mackenzies await sentencing in Scott County District Court.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com

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